Cognitive Seeds: 2017 SUNY Council on Writing Presentation

In a few weeks I'll be presenting at the 2017 SUNY Council on Writing conference to be held at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY.  Here's the abstract of the presentation I'll deliver, which delves into creativity, cognition and the college writing classroom in the age of distraction. Cognitive Seeds: The Role of Creative Thinking … Continue reading Cognitive Seeds: 2017 SUNY Council on Writing Presentation

Can We Hold Class Outside, Professor? Nature, Cognition and Composition

Composition and education have long questioned a central premise of the academy and university life in higher education: What is a classroom?  Recent research published in Psychological Science steers us toward a premise that is of paramount interest to our discipline.  What would it mean for the natural world to serve the acting, thinking brains of our … Continue reading Can We Hold Class Outside, Professor? Nature, Cognition and Composition

Developing Habits, Developing Minds: What Can Neuroplasticity Do For Composition?

A bevy of scholarship within both the sciences and the humanities have surveyed the implications presented by recent research into the human's brain's astounding and only recently-realized levels of neuroplasticicy.  The brain, the body of research suggests, is not a static entity that exists in fixed and stationary configuration, but rather is malleable, changeable, pliant … Continue reading Developing Habits, Developing Minds: What Can Neuroplasticity Do For Composition?

Wired Utopia: Expanding Technocapitalist Disability Rhetorics

In her article published just a few weeks ago in Enculturation, Bonnie Tucker lays out a theory of what she refers to as technocapitalist disability rhetoric.  Technocapitalist disability rhetoric (what I'll call TCDR), in Tucker's conception, is a familiar representation trope in which technology and engineering corporations utilize depictions of disability in an attempt to associate their … Continue reading Wired Utopia: Expanding Technocapitalist Disability Rhetorics

When Worlds Speak: Apocalypse, Composition, Critique

         Compositionists have in recent years begun, in a mode similar to the ethical, social and Sophistic turns of recent decades, the collective project of mobilizing the discipline to hold in greater esteem the cataclysmic situations of public concern unfolding in front of our eyes.  We need only examine the evening news … Continue reading When Worlds Speak: Apocalypse, Composition, Critique